As an Ohio farm girl turned urban teacher, I spends most of my time navigating the turmoil that comes with having two adult children, and raising a preschooler. I attended Ohio University, where I earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and have been a teacher at Hilltop since 2006. I previously taught kindergarten in Seattle Public Schools for many years. At Hilltop, I bring my Appalachian roots to the River room by sharing songs and stories and my strange regional dialect. When not teaching I run, garden and spend time with my high school sweetheart. I greatly appreciate when people remember to spell my name with only one “L”.